How To Apply

The Application

The entire admission application is completed online through Apply Yourself. For further information on application materials click here.

Application Documentation

How do I get application forms?

The application form is filled out and filed online at the Graduate Applications page of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

What are application requirements?

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  1. Four-year undergraduate degree in linguistics (or equivalent)
  2. CV
  3. Statement of Research Interests
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation
  5. Writing Sample
  6. English Language Proficiency Requirements
  7. Suggested: Your preferred choice of a potential program advisor

What is a CV?

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In academics, a CV is a document that outlines all your academic and scholarly training and accomplishments. It usually includes sections including your Research Interests, Education, Positions Held, Publications and Presentations, and other relevant factors.

What is a Statement of Research Interests?

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Your Statement of Research Interests, which is a cover letter (also called a Statement of Intent), is your opportunity to tell us who you are, what you are interested in doing as a linguist, why you chose us to work with, and why we should admit you.

The most informative Statement of Research Interests demonstrates familiarity and past experience in the field of linguistic disciplines of language areas you are interested in, and especially for us, who among our faculty offers the kind of advising you would benefit from most. At the PhD level, and to a lesser extent the MA level, we expect students to be able to articulate issues they are interested in pursuing as research areas, and the models and methods they may use to explore them. We do not regard anything you say in this document as a promise--you are free (even expected) to find other interests, more interesting questions, etc. during your studies with us. Primarily we need to know you understand what we do and how we do it, and why you have chosen to study linguistics at the University of Manitoba.

Who do I choose to write me a letter of recommendation?

We want you to ask your former professors to write you letters of recommendation.

Letters of recommendation allow us to assess your abilities, strengths and weaknesses through the eyes of past professors. Your referees will provide information about you, including how well and how long they have known you, in what capacity they are able to assess your abilities, and of course their assessment of how suited you are for graduate study in general, and for study with us in particular.

What kind of writing sample is appropriate?

We want you to submit either your thesis or a term paper.

The purpose of the writing sample is twofold. First, it allows us to evaluate your ability to write in academic English. Further, it gives us a chance to evaluate your ability to formulate an argument and to present evidence in support of that argument.

What is proof of English Language Proficiency?

You will need to provide proof of English proficiency if your previous education (high school or undergraduate diplomas) are from non-'exempted' countries.

Please see FGS's English Language Proficiency Requirements page for further information on acceptable exams, scores, and a link to the list of exempted countries.

Do I need to find an advisor to supervise my program study?

It is suggested that you inform the Graduate Committee who is your preferred potential program advisor.

This provides applicants an opportunity to review the research interests of our faculty members (outlined on our People page) to determine which, if any, might have compatible research interests. We feel we can offer the best training and support to students whose areas of interest are related to our established research areas. At the application stage, this is simply a suggestion; the Graduate Committee retains discretion to make other assignments.